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Yemen government to request membership in GCC: Official Yemeni spokesman

Reuters , Wednesday 29 Apr 2015
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Yemeni President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi. (Photo: Reuters)

Yemen's government will request membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a powerful grouping of Sunni Arab Gulf monarchies, the country's spokesman said on Wednesday.

"We will present a plan in Saudi Arabia next month that will prepare Yemen to be included in the GCC," Rajeh Badi told Reuters by telephone from Qatar.

A Saudi-led alliance has been bombing the Shia Houthi militia in Yemen for weeks but has failed to reverse the Iran-allied group's dominance on battlefronts across the country or to prepare for the exiled Saudi-backed government to return. 

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